Camp Shai Pod Camp Kids 3

A Place Where Everyone is Welcome                                   

At JCC Camp Shai, we strive to create a community that welcomes diversity. We invite all those who wish to participate including but not limited to people of any: race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, family structure, ability, marital status, culture, and spirituality. At Camp Shai, it is our mission to help all campers in our care to spark their imagination and inspire them to celebrate their individuality.

Behavioral Health & Inclusion Philosophy

JCC Camp Shai is a place where ALL campers in our care can feel safe, nurtured and accepted. We do our best to support the individual needs of our campers while providing a safe, healthy, inclusive social environment for the greater camp community. Core to our mission, Camp Shai welcomes many campers with identified needs, so long as we are able to support them and provide the appropriate level of care without compromising the safety and wellbeing of them or their peers. All camp staff are trained in the most current inclusive behavior practices, and for campers with higher needs, Camp Shai has Inclusion Counselors that are trained and supported by a behavioral health specialist. While we are able to serve many campers with identified needs and do our best to do so, we are unable to serve everyone. If your camper has learning, cognitive, and/or behavioral differences or special needs, please contact the Camp Shai Director directly prior to enrollment, so that we can determine whether we are able to provide the necessary resources and accommodations to support your camper. Reach out to us!

"Thank you for your inclusion program. You are truly the only day camp I know of in this area that allows my kids to participate in “regular” camp while providing the accommodations needed for success. If your program didn’t exist our next option would be a private sitter for the summer, and that would never provide the amount of fun activities and social interaction available at Shai. Thank you thank you!"

Camp Shai Parent, 2020